1:54pm PST, Sat. Nov. 24
For those of you aghast that you can't find the Ducks-Beavers game, keep scrolling up on your remote. It's on 420 cable, the PAC 12 Network. You may or may not have it, depending on your service. If you can't get it, put your shorts on and travel to your nearest pub.
Public service announcement complete, now comes the WTF rant.
Here's the early afternoon Portland line up on the major networks and the cable sports stations, if you have cable at a modest level (Sorry, I don't speak Dish):
ABC (2- KATU) #4 FLA v. # 10 FSU
CBS (6-KOIN) #2 ALA v. Auburn
NBC (8-KGW) Southern v. Grambling, Bayou Classic
FOX (12) Baylor v. Texas Tech
32 (NBC Sports) Fresno State v. Air Force
34 (Fox) San Diego St. v. Wyoming
35 (ESPN) #13 OK v. #21 Ok State
36 (ESPN 2) Wisconsin v. Penn St.
37 (Comcast Sports Net) Wrasling. Yes, I mean wrasling.
Now, the nuances of contractual obligations probably shoved the Civil War to the sub dial zone, but regardless, this goes into the ARE YOU KIDDING ME!? file. The match-up pits 2 top level teams against each other in one of the classic in-state rivalries. Along with the FLA-FSU game, its results could have implications for the BCS championship, and it's relegated to the find-me-if-you-can network in the afternoon line-up?
This should be a featured national network game, let alone the featured game in the Northwest.
So, will someone please explain to me why so many Duck and Beaver fans can't enjoy the big game from the comfort of their own couch?
(Relevance to politics? There is, but it takes an esoteric dialogue about social engineering, etc., and a numbers dialogue about impact of college sports on academic funding. But this does give us one more thing that can drive us nuts about the media....)